Thursday, July 17 at 7 pm $25/$23 (taxes incl.)
Bassist and composer Ben Finley presents an evening of
truly original creations. First, an emerging and newly
formed ensemble called Weaving Locus will present music
that integrates unique improvisation with contemporary
composition in a quest to cultivate a new poetic chamber
music setting. The members of Weaving Locus met while
studying music at the University of Toronto and are
continually drawn to each other's adventurous, unordinary
and meaningful voices.
The Red Balloon is an original film scoring project written
by Ben Finley. In this special presentation, double bass,
accordion, guitar and drums will perform and interact live
with a screening of the 1956 black & white film by French
filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. The quartet will follow a small
boy through the streets of Paris in pursuit of a giant red balloon in the hopes you will come along too.
An Acoustic Evening with
Friday, July 18 at 7 pm $38/$36
Andy Maize, Josh Finlayson, Jessy Bell Smith,
Ron Macey, Michael Johnston, Noel Webb, Peter Cash, Paul MacLeod
One of Canada's most distinguished roots-folk-rock band, The Skydiggers celebrates over
25 years having produced 16 albums and winning several awards including a Juno for the
Most Promising Group.
Sunday Afternoon with Tracy Dahl and Liz Upchurch
Sunday, July 20 at 2 pm $65/$63 (taxes incl.)
Westben welcomes Canada’s premiere coloratura soprano to The Barn for a scintillating afternoon of opera, art song, and even a little music theatre. With over 25 roles ranging from Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) to Lucia (Lucia di Lamermoor), Tracy is known to opera stages around the world from the Met to La Scala. Having performed opposite Placido Domingo, Sir Thomas Allen and others, Tracy’s sparkling high notes and charismatic stage presence have continue to win her international acclaim. Tracy is joined by Liz Upchurch, pianist and music director of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble. Be prepared for a dazzling afternoon of remarkable agility, clarity and a voice “filled with sunshine, rainbows and laser light” (Opera Magazine).
Tickets now available to Members only by calling the Westben Box Office 1-705 653 5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777. Tickets go on sale to the General Public February 3, 2014
Broadway at The Barn
Phantom of the Opera in Concert
July 23, 24, 25 & 26 at 2 pm $38/$36 (taxes incl.)
Mark DuBois—Phantom, Donna Bennett—Christine,
Gabrielle Prata—Carlotta, Robert Longo—Raoul,
and others, tba; Brian Finley—piano
Andrew Lloyd Webber's thrilling music theatre masterpiece in a special concert version.
Friday, July 25 at 7 pm $25/$23 Students $15 Youth $5
Join us at The Barn for a Silent Movie showing of Phantom of the Opera with live piano accompaniment
Sunday, July 27 at 2 pm $38/$36 (taxes incl.)
Three tenors, step aside!! Welcome three Canadian Divas for an eclectic afternoon of all your feminine favourites from opera to music theatre with three of Canada's finest talents: Virginia Hatfield (soprano), Joni Henson (soprano) and
Megan Latham (mezzo-soprano), all accompanied by Brian Finley.
Thursday, July 31 at 7 pm $38/ 36 (taxes incl.)
featuring Andrew Downing (bass & cello), Güç Başar Gülle (ud),Brenna MacCrimmon (vocalist), Peter Lutek (clarinet), Ben Grossman (percussion)Two-time Juno Award winner, Andrew Downing is a world renowned bassist, cellist and composer known to both classical and progressive jazz worlds. Whether he is dabbling in Ottoman classical music, folk/world music or silent film scores, you should be ready for an unforgettably fascinating evening! Tonight Andrew focuses on the great city of Istanbul. Anahtar is the Turkish word for "key" and this project, not unlike the city of Istanbul itself, seeks to act as a doorway between East and West.
Friday, August 1 at 7 pm - SOLD OUT - Meadow Passes may be available the day of the concert call 877-883-5777 to confirm
Building on over three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy, together with his wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping those traditions alive through music, song, and dance. Doug, as a member of "Leahy" and Jennifer, having played music throughout her life, both understand the joy and exhilaration only music can provide. It is no wonder then that their children understand innately that music will be a huge part of their lives. Even the smallest children feel the music pulsing through their veins. They are drawn to it. They are passionate about it. It is this drive to create music that has lead Doug and Jennifer's children to achieve so much, even at their young ages. Still all in elementary school, the children are accomplished multi-instrumentalists. Lead by Doug, live performances are filled with the high-energy, infectious Celtic-based music people associate with the Leahy heritage. Fiddle, cello, French accordion, singing, piano, and French-Canadian step-dancing all find a voice on stage. And the children, so in love with what they are doing, enamour audiences who don't want the show to end. Having shared stages across North America with "Leahy", their performances leave audiences in awe. This rare talent in children so young is an inspiration to other children and families alike, showing just what young people are capable of. The joy of music is meant for all and Doug and his family are set on sharing that joy with each and every audience.
Adele, age12 (fiddle, piano, cello, dancing, singing),
Gregory, age 10 (fiddle, accordion, piano, dance, singing)
Angus, age 9 (fiddle, piano, dancing, singing)
Cecilia, age 7 (fiddle, piano, dancing, singing)
Joseph, age 5 (fiddle, dancing, singing)
Evelyn, age 3 (dancing, singing)
Friday, August 1 at 7 pm $38/ 36 (taxes incl.)
Saturday, August 2 at 2 pm $50/$48 (taxes incl.)
A Canadian jazz legend and his trio return to Westben
Sunday, August 3 at 2 pm
$38/ 36 (taxes incl.)
Season 2014 ends with the infectious energy of gospel-influenced traditional African music courtesy of Montréal's afro-pop group H'Sao.
Soul, pop, and R&B influenced, you will also thrill to the group's own unique brand of masterful a capella singing.
(Family-Friendly Workshop at 11 am)
Tapestry Opera presents:
Arias of Canadian Concern
Saturday, September 20 at 2 pm at The Barn
A bouquet of hot, absurd and beautiful arias from some of Canada's newest
operatic composers presented by Canada's premiere new opera company
Tickets (taxes included): Adult $38, Senior $36, Wings $34, Student $15, Youth $5
Ben Heppner (host), Donna Bennett (soprano), Eleanor James (mezzo), Gryphon Piano Trio,
Judy Loman (harp), Molinari String Quartet, The Westben Festival Chorus and Brian Finley (piano)
Sunday, September 21 at 2 pm at The Barn
A star-studded cast of performers gather to pay tribute to one of Canada's finest composers
and recent companion of the Order of Canada, R. Murray Schafer.
Tickets (taxes included): Adult $50, Senior $48, Wings $46, Student $15, Youth $5
"Saturday, November 29 at 1 pm (The Barn)
Sunday, November 30 at 3 pm (The Barn)
Saturday, December 6 at 3 pm (Norwood United Church)
Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm (St Andrew's United Church, Peterborough)
Linda Kash brings favourite letters of Christmas wonderfully to life in Westben's ever-popular seasonal
choral celebration. Joined by Westben's Festival, Teen & Youth Choruses under the direction of
Donna Bennett, with Brian Finley at the piano "Yes, Virginia!" is a 75-minute narrated concert
perfect for the whole family. Is there a Santa Claus? Find out the truth!
Tickets: Adult & Senior $25, Student $15, Youth $5
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